Kasich vetoes bid to limit Medicaid
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. John Kasich stood against fellow Republicans in the Ohio Legislature on Friday to support Medicaid expansion, which now provides health insurance to 700,000 low-income Ohioans.
Kasich vetoed a proposed freeze of the expansion and 46 other items from the state budget before signing the budget bill just ahead of a midnight deadline Friday.
“I understand the fiscal concerns that we have, but we’ve been able to manage it,” Kasich said. “I wouldn’t do anything that’s going to put the state in a position of where we couldn’t have fiscal stability.”
Conservatives had called on Kasich to set a national example by leaving in place state budget provisions calling for freezing expansion enrollment starting July 1, 2018, and preventing those who drop off from re-enrolling.